Handwalla Bwana has only made one start in MLS play, but he could soon find himself playing international soccer. That’s because the Kenya national team is reportedly keenly aware of his rise through the ranks and is hoping to call him in once his paperwork is in order. The Harambee Stars are hopeful to be able to call him in as soon as May or June, although those are not FIFA international dates and the Sounders would not be forced to release him.
How interested Bwana would be in accepting that call-up is not currently known. Although Bwana was born in Kenya, he spent most of his time there in a refugee camp and has not been back since immigrating to the United States in 2010. It’s at least possible that Bwana is seeking U.S. citizenship and may want to maintain the possibility of playing for the USMNT.
Kenya’s place on the international stage is also not particularly prominent. The African nation has never been to the World Cup and has not even qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations since 2004. They do have a few notable players, though, with Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama probably their most prominent.